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By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Senior National Correspondent
Black girl magic reigned at the 2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Florida as Jordan Chiles, Shilese Jones, and Konnor McClain won the top three spots in the senior all-around competition.
The trio made history as the first three Black female gymnasts to sweep the podium.
“It’s so unreal,” said McClain in an interview with NBC Sports. “I’m still in shock a little bit.”
This summer, the gymnast returned to competition following two stress fractures, a concussion, the flu, and her father’s death in December.
McClain, who lives in Las Vegas, captured the senior women’s all-around title.
Her combined eight-rotation 112.750 beat out all competition for the night’s biggest prize, and she added balance beam gold (28.900) along the way, USA Gymnastics reported.
Jones of Auburn, Washington, finished a close second with a 112.000, while Chiles of Spring, Texas, finished third (111.900).
“This is the legacy of Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes and so many other trailblazers who trained and stood alone,” Dr. Cathryn Stout tweeted.
According to Essence, Douglas became the first African American gymnast to win gold in the individual all-around and team events at the same Olympics in 2012.
She retired in 2016.
Biles has won 25 World Championship titles and seven all-around titles and is tied with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American.
The next time fans can see McClain, Jones, and Chiles compete will be at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships, which begin on Oct 29 in Liverpool, England.
WNBA Top Shot to celebrate iconic
careers of Sue Bird and Sylvia Flowers
PRNewswire/ - WNBA Top Shot recently announced that 4x WNBA Champion and 5x Olympic Gold Medalist, Sue Bird; and 2x WNBA Champion, 2x WNBA Finals MVP and 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Sylvia Fowles will highlight two upcoming limited-edition pack drops as a homage to their storied careers.
Sylvia Fowles will serve as the face of the upcoming Metallic Gold Limited Edition set, the Premier Rare Set for both WNBA and NBA Top Shot products. This pack features some of the best plays from the top players from the 2022 WNBA season. Soon after, WNBA Top Shot will release Sue Bird’s Game Recognize Game pack, a first of its kind collection for WNBA Top Shot. The Rare set will feature nine contemporary (CNW Group/Dapper Labs, Inc.)
Soon after, WNBA Top Shot will release Sue Bird's Game Recognize Game pack, a first of its kind collection for WNBA Top Shot. The Rare set will feature nine contemporary and historical plays curated by Sue. Each Moment will include narration and commentary from Sue providing her reasoning for selecting each. The theme of the pack highlights players Sue has personally looked up to, players she has grown with, won with, and players she is passing the torch to as she retires from one of the best basketball careers of all-time.
As part of this announcement, Dapper Labs is also donating a percentage of their revenue from the sales of Moments featuring Sue and Syl – up to $50,000 per player for a total of $100,000 – to the National Women's Law Center in support of gender justice.
"Throughout my career in the W, advocating for and empowering women in sports has been my mission," said Sue Bird, "I'm thrilled to partner with WNBA Top Shot to help increase the representation of women's sports in the collectibles space. This is monumental for our game and this new generation of players. It's amazing to know that fans will now be able to truly connect to the greatness of the Women in our sport."
It's incredible that WNBA Top Shot is helping bring our league and players to the forefront in a new space," said Sylvia Fowles. "It's an honor to partner with WNBA Top Shot to immortalize my career in this space. Representation matters and I hope this breaks barriers for girls interested in sports while inspiring the next generation of women athletes and fans."
Fans can collect Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles' Moments from this season as a part of the W's 26th season WNBA Top Shot collection, which will feature the league's leading players, and the emerging stars and rookies Sue and Sylvia helped to pave the way for.
"Since debuting WNBA Top Shot, we've seen demand for the league increase significantly due to the passionate growing fanbase and admiration of the league," said Jayne Peressini, GM of WNBA Top Shot. "To honor their remarkable careers as they say farewell to the court, we're proud to partner with Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles to give fans a special way to celebrate these WNBA legends by collecting and owning some of their greatest moments."
For more information or to purchase, visit wnba.nbatopshot.com.